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U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, center, is greeted Saturday by Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji, and Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, during a rally at Cabin Coffeehouse. Oberstar, DFL-8th District, kicked off his re-election campaign Saturday with rallies in North Branch, Duluth, Bemidji and Brainerd. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Oberstar launches campaign for 19th term

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U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar told a story Saturday of helping find federal financing for a new community/business center for the Leech Lake Band of Objiwe after the band was turned down by two Republicans.

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"That's what I do -- economic development," Oberstar said he told the late Tribal Chairman Hartley White in the early 1980s. "Tell me what your project is."

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